Naoki Yoshida Producer and Director It's been five years since A Realm Reborn launched on August 27, 2013, and almost eight years since I started working on the original FFXIV. The first thing that springs to mind is "hasn't time flown?" which is a bit of a cliché, but when I stop to reflect on everything, all the memories come flooding back and I realize just how eventful the years have been.To tell the truth, these last eight years have been the most challenging for me, for better or worse. I'm still a game developer, and my sleeping pattern hasn't changed much, except now my life revolves almost entirely around FFXIV. And not just from making and running the game, but as one of the Warriors of Light too. So yeah, it keeps me pretty busy...None of this would've been possible without the many people who've guided me along the way. Of course, I'm talking about Warriors of Light around the world who've supported us these eight years, as well as the development and operations teams, who are always so patient with me. There isn't a specific point we're trying to get to with FFXIV, but there's still so much we want to do with this game, and we've got a lot of surprises in store that I think you're going to enjoy. The world of FINAL FANTASY XIV is a culmination of everyone's devotion and commitment, and the future is what we make it, together. I hope you'll all be there to see where this journey takes us!